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Extra lawmakers again probe on Lumad middle raid

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Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) – February 21, 2021 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Extra congressmen are supporting the transfer to conduct a Home inquiry into the latest police operation at an academic middle in Cebu the place 21 Lumad college students have been dragged away by lawmen.

Deputy Speaker Benny Abante, Quezon Metropolis sixth district Rep. Equipment Belmonte, Marikina Rep. Stella Quimbo and Surigao del Norte Rep. Ace Barbers have signed the decision filed by the Makabayan bloc searching for a congressional probe on the “raid” which police insist was a “rescue” operation.

The Makabayan bloc, led by Deputy Minority Chief and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, has branded the incident “an abduction” and “an act of terror in opposition to the Lumads.”

In the meantime, Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero clarified that his assist for the Lumad kids and criticism of the police shouldn’t be misconstrued as assist for insurgency, notably the New Folks’s Military.

“As primary writer of the Anti-Terrorism Regulation, I stand agency in my perception that insurgency utilizing or selling violence and different legal acts shouldn’t have any place in our nation,” burdened the 1-Pacman congressman.

Romero, who additionally signed the decision, defined that his place in opposition to the police operation on the Lumad Bakwit Middle in Cebu was solely “according to my advocacies on training and welfare of youngsters.”

Noting that 25 college students, together with 19 minors, have been dragged away from the middle, he stated: “It’s my perception that kids ought to by no means ever be caught in the midst of any armed battle, particularly when it entails our regulation enforcement businesses.”

Primarily based on the dwell video launched by Freeman Information, it was obvious that the Lumad Bakwit College was being raided by police, though they declare it was a rescue operation to safe minors from an indigenous group.

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